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Concert Two

Sunday 26 May 2019 at 5pm - Auckland Town Hall

Pre-concert talk with composer Andrew Perkins is 5pm - 5.20pm.

Concert begins at 5:30pm (note change from originally published 5pm start time).

$30-$70 (Children/students from $15) [Service fees will also apply]

We are pleased to offer discounts and a number of complimentary tickets for secondary schools, youth and environmental organizations. Please contact us for further details. We are very grateful to Auckland Live for their generous support for these tickets.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

Andrew Perkins Excerpts from Musical The Birds (World Premiere)

Witness the world premiere of the NZ composition "The Birds" and hear the stunning young winner of last year’s Wallace National Junior Piano Competition!

Rita Paczian Conductor

Ashani Waidyatillake Piano

Jessica Wells Mezzo Soprano

Dilys Fong Mezzo Soprano

Harry Grigg Tenor

Angus Simmons Baritone

Andrew Perkins Narrator

Tickets online from Auckland Live and Ticketmaster

May is NZ Music Month, and Bach Musica NZ is delighted to continue their season with a special concert reflecting on young people, Auckland’s diversity and the power of music with a very exciting programme introducing new NZ music. This concert highlights the importance of music for young people and the ways in which music can raise awareness of key social issues, and help different groups come together to address pressing environmental, political, and cultural challenges. Bach Musica NZ invites Aucklanders, particularly young people, to attend this concert to celebrate the diversity and talent in this country and music as a universal language.

For decades, Bach Musica NZ has provided a platform for young, up-and-coming performers to showcase their talents as they enter the professional classical music scene. This year, Ashani Waidyatillake, 14-year-old winner of the 2018 Wallace National Junior Piano Competition, will open the evening with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a piece written before he was 20.

Continuing a longstanding tradition, the ensemble will then present a World Premiere: The Birds, a comic Singspiel based on a Greek anti-war play of the same name. This melodic piece by NZ composer Andrew Perkins and librettist Rachel Le Rossignol, shows with a light-hearted yet serious tone how ancient social problems continue to exist today.

Perkins’ work addresses current global issues through the voices of The Birds, aimed at young people, and calling for everyone to come together to shape the future. “The Birds, although satirical, outlines persistent problems but also offers solutions, encouraging and empowering the younger generations to change the world and save humanity through cooperation/kotahitanga”, says Perkins.

Bach Musica NZ is thrilled to announce a fabulous line-up of New Zealand’s finest next generation soloists for this refreshing work: mezzo sopranos Jessica Wells and Dilys Fong, tenor Harry Grigg and baritone Angus Simmons. The audience will also have the unique opportunity to join the composer for a pre-concert talk at 5pm, where he will talk about how The Birds came to be.

Want to know more? Visit "The Birds" Facebook page


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